Camila Mendes

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Camila Mendes
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Mendes at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Camila Carraro Mendes

(1994-06-29) June 29, 1994 (age 28)[1]
Alma materNew York University
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2016–present

Camila Carraro Mendes[2] (born June 29, 1994)[2] is an American actress and singer. She made her debut portraying Veronica Lodge on The CW teen drama series Riverdale (2017–present), for which she won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Scene Stealer in 2017.[3] She has appeared as Morgan Cruise in the romantic comedy The New Romantic (2018), the Netflix original films The Perfect Date (2019) and Dangerous Lies (2020), and the critically acclaimed sci-fi comedy Palm Springs (2020).

Early life[edit]

Mendes was born on June 29, 1994, in Charlottesville, Virginia,[4] to Brazilian parents. Her father, Victor Mendes, is a business executive and her mother, Gisele Carraro, is a flight attendant. She has an older sister, Viviane Mendes.[2][5] Shortly after her birth, she moved to Atlanta and then back to Virginia, and then to Orlando, Florida.[6] Due to her father's job and later, her parents' divorce, she moved 16 times growing up, but mainly lived in Florida.[7] At the age of 10, she lived in Brazil for a year.[7] Mendes attended the Fine Arts program at the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, graduating in 2012.[8] In May 2016, Mendes graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.[9][10][11] While there, she also became friends with singer Maggie Rogers.


Mendes' first acting job was a commercial for IKEA.[12] In 2016, Mendes was cast as "silver-tongued high school sophomore" Veronica Lodge in The CW's teen drama series Riverdale, a subversive take on the Archie Comics.[13] Mendes was represented by the Carson Kolker Organization, later changing to CAA.[10] She appeared on the cover of Women's Health in December 2017 and Cosmopolitan in February 2018.

Mendes made her feature film debut as Morgan in The New Romantic, which premiered at the SXSW Festival in March 2018.[14] In the same month, Mendes joined the cast of the romantic comedy The Perfect Date alongside Laura Marano and Matt Walsh.[15] The film was released on Netflix on April 12, 2019.[16] In 2019, the film Coyote Lake premiered, in which Mendes is the lead. In 2020 she appeared in the critically acclaimed sci-fi/comedy Palm Springs, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released that July on Hulu.[17] She subsequently headlined the Netflix thriller film Dangerous Lies, released that same year.

Personal life[edit]

Mendes has said she has suffered discrimination in Hollywood, and that when auditioning for characters of Latin American background, she has been told "You don't look Latina enough." Mendes is Brazilian American and identifies herself as Latin American. She speaks Portuguese.[18]

"I really appreciate how these two cultures created who I am. I am a Brazilian of blood, with all the extended family of Brazilians, but I was born and raised in the United States. When I go to Brazil, I feel like an American, and in the United States, I always realize the traits that make me Brazilian."

— Camila Mendes, in an interview with People Magazine.[19]

In 2018, Mendes appeared in the music video for Maggie Rogers' song "Give a Little".[20] She would later state that she was "roofied and sexually assaulted" during her time at NYU, which inspired her to get a tattoo above her rib saying "to build a home".[21]

Mendes dated photographer and director Ian Wallace in 2013 but broke up in 2017.[22][23][24] Mendes dated her Riverdale co-star Charles Melton in October 2018, but broke up in December 2019. They got back together in June 2021 and subsequently broke up sometime later.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2018 The New Romantic Morgan
2019 The Perfect Date Shelby Pace Netflix film
Coyote Lake Ester
2020 Palm Springs Tala
Dangerous Lies Katie Franklin Netflix film
2022 Do Revenge Drea Torres Netflix film, Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2017–present Riverdale Veronica Lodge Main role
Hermione Gomez (young) 2 episodes (season 3 and 5)
Velma Episode: "Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s)" (season 6)
2020 Day by Day Grace (voice) Episode: "Fallin' Rain"
The Simpsons Tessa Rose (voice) Episode: "The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds"
Dear Class of 2020 Herself Television special
Celebrity Substitute Herself Web series[26]
2021–present Fairfax Melody (voice) Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2018 "Give a Little" Maggie Rogers Dancer
"Side Effects" The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren Riley

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Riverdale Won [3]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (with KJ Apa) Nominated [27]
People's Choice Awards Female TV Star of 2018 Nominated [28]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama Nominated [29][30]
Choice TV Ship (with KJ Apa) Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama Nominated [31]


  1. ^ @CamilaMendes (June 29, 2017). "thank you for all the birthday wishes and making 23 feel more interesting than it is❤️" (Tweet). Retrieved July 17, 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c "Camila Mendes". Biography (A&E Networks). Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Hatchett, Keisha (July 12, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards Reveals Full List of Nominees". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Camila Mendes". TV Guide. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Camila Mendes Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Priscilla (April 6, 2017). "Meet Camila Mendes, the Brasilia Bringing 'Riverdale's' Latina Veronica Lodge to Life". Latina. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Flaherty, Keely (February 28, 2017). "Meet TV's New Blair Waldorf". BuzzFeed. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Heritage Fine Arts Alumni: Where are they now?". iPatriotPost. April 1, 2020. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
  9. ^ Kaplan, Ilana (March 30, 2017). "Meet Camila Mendes, Breakout Star of 'Riverdale'". V. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Sun, Rebecca (May 16, 2016). "CAA Signs 'Riverdale' Star Camila Mendes (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Demaria, Meghan (February 24, 2017). "Camila Mendes Is Not Here To Fit Your Latina Stereotype". Refinery29. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Camila Mendes Shines in the New TV Series "Riverdale" Based on Archie Comics". Da Man. February 8, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2016). "'Riverdale' CW Pilot Finds Veronica". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  14. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (February 27, 2018). "'The New Romantic' Clip: A Struggling College Graduate Becomes A Sugar Baby In SXSW Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Galuppo, Mia (March 27, 2018). "'Riverdale' Actress Camila Mendes, Matt Walsh to Star in 'The Stand-In'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  16. ^ Torres, Alejandra (March 26, 2019). "Camila Mendes stars in Netflix's 'The Perfect Date'". HOLA USA. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Potts, Mark. "Andy Samberg, Camila Mendes and Cristin Milioti talk new movie 'Palm Springs'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  18. ^ Weiss, Suzannah (September 2, 2017). "Camila Mendes Gets Told She Doesn't Look "Latina Enough"". Teen Vogue. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  19. ^ "Riverdale's Camila Mendes Gets Real About Being Latina in Hollywood". People. September 1, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  20. ^ Reilly, Kaitlin (November 8, 2018). "Camila Mendes Is Low-Key Best Friends With This "SNL" Showstopper". Refinery29. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  21. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (September 10, 2019). "Riverdale Star Camila Mendes Reveals She Was Roofied and Sexually Assaulted in College". Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  22. ^ Cohen, Jess (August 24, 2018). "Riverdale's Camila Mendes and Victor Houston Break Up". Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  23. ^ Sullivan, Corinne (September 16, 2020). "Camila Mendes' Dating History Is Full Of Surprises". Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  24. ^ "Camila Mendes as Veronica on 'Riverdale': 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". February 2, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  25. ^ Heller, Corinne (June 6, 2021). "Riverdale's Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Spark Romance Rumors More Than One Year After Split". Entertainment News. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  26. ^ Andria Moore (April 23, 2020). "Camila Mendes And Bill Nye Starring In New YouTube Series: Everything You Need To Know". International Business Times. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  27. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (May 3, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  28. ^ Piester, Lauren (November 11, 2018). "Katherine McNamara Wins Female TV Star At the People's Choice Awards After Insane Fan Dedication on People's Choice Awards". E!. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  29. ^ "Teen Choice Awards: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. August 12, 2018. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  30. ^ Douglas, Esme. "Teen Choice Awards 2018: See the full list of winners". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  31. ^ Moreau, Jordan (June 19, 2019). "Avengers: Endgame, Riverdale, Aladdin Top 2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved July 19, 2019.

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